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Beyond «Bell Jar»: Innovative Entrepreneurship in «Resource-type» Regions of Russia

Beyond «Bell Jar»: Innovative Entrepreneurship in «Resource-type» Regions of Russia

Journal of Institutional Studies, , Vol. 9 (no. 3),

Goals and strategies characteristics of innovative entrepreneurs’ behavior of Kemerovo Region and Krasnoyarsk Region as potential subjects of modernization of resource-type regions’ economies are highlighted in the paper. Proposed approach is based on analysis of the relationship between specifics of the institu-tional environment of the Russian economy and types of entrepreneurs. Institution-al environment of the domestic economy is characterized by three interrelated basic parameters: political-bureaucratic market and mixed regime of property rights, enclave dual economy and regionalization. Formed institutional system modifies significantly entrepreneurs’ target objectives as well as the structure of resources that are crucial for doing business and generates a variety of their types. Using matrix classification of domestic entrepreneurs built on the basis of two criteria, i.e. entrepreneurs’ prevailing motivation and degree of individual political resource using, is proposed and validated in the paper. The validity of the developed matrix classification was inductively tested on the sociological research materials of developmental institutions residents in the compared resource-type regions, i.e. Kuzbass Technopark and Krasnoyarsk Regional Innovative-Technological Busi-ness Incubator. They were chosen as a subject of research as potential actors of regions’ economy modernization operating outside of the privileged resource sec-tor "bell jar". The processing of the sociological research results was carried out using nonparametric criteria that allow working with small samples. The fulfilled analysis showed that innovative entrepreneurs’ activities follow the logic of enclave dual economy without creating any conditions for resource-type regions transition to integrated economy development path.


Keywords: resource-type region; "bell jar"; enclave dual economy; integrated re-gional economy; innovative entrepreneurship; political resource; "institutional" entrepreneurs; "niche rent-seekers"

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